By Ishaan . August 9, 2013 . 8:00am
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have a new form of training available—Super Training, which allows your Pokémon to grow stronger outside of battle.
Super Training is done using the Nintendo 3DS touch screen and increases your Pokémon’s base stats, which are the underlying values that define its HP, Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats.
One example of Super Training is having Pokémon face giant Pokémon-shaped “Balloon Bots” in a virtual reality environment, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponent’s goal. In this game, you use the Circle Pad and touch screen in conjunction to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing your own shots in their goal.
Meanwhile, Core Training, which is another S.T. activity, lets you set up training bags, which are earned by completing S.T. Regimens. Once these are set up, they’ll let your Pokémon train by themselves, raising their stats on their own. Additionally, you’ll be able to use the touch screen during Core Training to increase their stats as well. Just like it sounds, Core Training is a passive activity, and you can check up on your Pokémon’s Core Training using the Super Training menu.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will launch on October 12th worldwide.